How to “Break In” Tight Volume Pots in Cigar Box Guitars

Cigar box guitarist & builder, Shane Speal demonstrates an easy technique for loosening the shafts on tight volume pots, making them more playable. This is an easy step that can be done before wiring the instrument.

Cigar box guitarist & builder, Shane Speal (ShaneSpeal.com) demonstrates an easy technique for loosening the shafts on new volume pots, making them more playable. Using an older electric cigar box guitar that he recently overhauled, Speal shows exactly where to spray the shaft of the 500k pot with Radio Shack contact cleaner.  See video and photo below.

Spray contact cleaner here.

A looser volume knob will enable easier roll-offs and volume swells in concert.

Extra :  Here are links to the parts used in the videos

500K VOLUME POTS:
 
SNAKE OIL MINI HUMBUCKER:
 
PSYCHO KNOB INTERNAL DISTORTION:

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